When Something Is Wrong With My Baby - Johnny Gill, Hayes, Isaac
I Love Makin' Music
It's telling when an artist releases two self-titled recordings a mere seven years apart. Gill has a great voice, but for the most part he remains in search of good material and effective production. This eponymous effort ... more »for Motown (the first was for Atlantic in '83) is his best effort. Gill was simply the finest voice to pass through the New Edition aggregation. His impassioned baritone gives lust a rare urgency and repentance an unusual poignancy (if not outright credibility). The teams of L.A. Reid and Babyface or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the best tracks on this record, and "Rub You the Right Way," is a minor classic. Gill has yet to match this disc, but in the right company, he will. --Martin Johnson« less
It's telling when an artist releases two self-titled recordings a mere seven years apart. Gill has a great voice, but for the most part he remains in search of good material and effective production. This eponymous effort for Motown (the first was for Atlantic in '83) is his best effort. Gill was simply the finest voice to pass through the New Edition aggregation. His impassioned baritone gives lust a rare urgency and repentance an unusual poignancy (if not outright credibility). The teams of L.A. Reid and Babyface or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the best tracks on this record, and "Rub You the Right Way," is a minor classic. Gill has yet to match this disc, but in the right company, he will. --Martin Johnson
I LOVE THAT POWERFUL VOICE
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I always thought Johnny's voice was to powerful for the Bubble Gum group New Edition. He's a great singer, I just wish he could come out with more songs. What are these producers waiting on, they need to invest into Johnny and don't give up because he's the voice. And I love him to death, with his fineeeee self. I would love to let him sing to me and only me for about 2 hours straight. I hope he comes out with something soon."
The thrid time is the charm
Derrick Dunn | Woodbridge,VA | 04/12/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After releasing two unsuccesful solo CD's, Johnny Gill came into promise when he joined New Edition for their 1988 4x plantium CD Heartbreak. Johnny Gill re-established himself as a solo artist in 1990, and he did so in tremendous fashion, recording an astonishing self-titled debut for Motown that brought together the hitmaking duos Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and L.A. & Babyface to produce an album chock-full of hits. The combination of these two duos was unprecedented. Along with Teddy Riley, they had dominated late-'80s urban radio, utterly and absolutely, churning out hit after hit after hit and co-defining the burgeoning new jack swing movement in the process. Gill likewise had recently experienced enormous success during the late '80s when, following two flat solo albums for Atlantic, he joined New Edition for its Heart Break album and its long run of hits, including "Can You Stand the Rain," a number one hit that featured him prominently. Thus it was only fitting that Motown's visionary teaming of these artists at their respective primes culminated in a set of wonderful songs, chief among them "Rub You the Right Way" (a Jam & Lewis production) and "My, My, My" (L.A. & Babyface). The former was a high-energy, pleading chart-stormer that infiltrated urban radio with brute force and sent Gill straight up the charts in the process; the song furthermore became a coast-to-coast club favorite - and remained so for years upon years afterward, standing tall as one of the definitive new jack swing anthems of the era. The latter was the yin to "Rub You the Right Way"'s yang; it became a quiet storm favorite and even crossed over to the pop and smooth jazz markets, reprising many of the same qualities that had made Babyface's own "Whip Appeal" single such an across-the-board chart-topper only a year earlier. While nothing else on Johnny Gill quite rivaled "Rub You the Right Way" and "My, My, My," the remainder of the album still had more than its fair share of highlights. There was a second round of singles ("Fairweather Friend" was another new jack stepper, "Wrap My Body Tight" another slow jam), as well as a couple of excellent album tracks ("Feels So Much Better" and "Giving My All to You") that could have been hits for anyone else"
Best slow CD of all time!
Derrick Dunn | 06/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a big fan of R&B and have hundreds of CDs full of slow songs. This is by far the best though. The last 5 or 6 songs on the disc are absolute classics. I would recommend this disc to anyone that truly appreciates a good voice and a romantic ballad. I also strongly recommend "Let's Get the Mood Right" by JG."
Badly underrated album that deserves to be heard
Glen Zimmerman | West Bumblefuch, USA | 10/22/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not to be confused with his signature 1990 album, Johnny Gill's 1983 debut album might disappoint fans of New-Jack Swing, but certainly not those who love the bubblegum-type sound of early New Edition (which didn't feature Gill when this album was released). It did yield one minor R&B hit "Super Love", is well-produced throughout, and features two great songs in "Guilty" and "Half-Steppin." This album is difficult to find (even on tape) so if you see it, grab it."
One of the best New Jack Swing albums!
RJ | rjmusic | 07/20/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"So i got this album by chance from downloading a huge new jack swing packet. I thought to myself,who's johnny gill? I've heard of sweat,levert,gill, bobby brown, and new edition, but It always seemed to me that most people seemed to forget about his music. Johnny's gill's 1991 album is amazing. It's got slick beats and excellent vocals to back it up. Since michael jackson just died recently, alot of people proclaimed his dangerous album to be the greatest new jack swing album, i strongly disagree I think Johnny Gill's is just as excellent of an album. Fairweather friend is great, rub the right way is one of my favorite title tracks, and I also love my,my,my. It's great dance music, and the beats are interesting to listen to. If your into r&b this album is a must have!"